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  • Locations: Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Budget Sheets: Current
UGalapagos Fall 2013 - SchawrtLaunched in 2010 through the University of Miami Department of Biology, UGalapagos takes students to the famed Galapagos Islands for a field-oriented semester of study. In collaboration with Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), UM offers a 16-credit Spring semester program tailored to the needs and interests of students majoring in biology. Courses are taught sequentially as immersive three-week experiences by both USFQ and UM faculty experts. In addition to classroom instruction, students also participate in incomparable, hands-on learning through a series of island excursions and field-study assignments. The program is open to qualified UM and non-UM students.

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty. 
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program. 
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.

Sample Course Offerings
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Native and Introduced Plant Species of the Galapagos
  • Biogeography and Conservation of the Galapagos
  • Ecology and Evolution in the Galapagos
  • Writing About Nature in the Galapagos
  • Immersion Spanish

UGalapagos Fall 2013 - Schawrt

Estimated Costs

Students will pay University of Miami tuition for 16 credits. In addition, students will pay a $150 Study Abroad fee and a $5,200 program fee. Students should also budget for airfare, visa fees, country exit fees, immunizations, international health insurance coverage, some meals, course materials, and other incidental expenses.

Scholarships are available!

Please see for a list of scholarships. Biology majors should pay close attention to the Belton G. & Margaret T. Aldridge Scholarship in Tropical Biology.

Program Dates
Early January - early May
Students will begin the program in Quito through early January and will then travel to the Galapagos in mid-February where they will remain through mid-April. Students will then return to Quito to complete their final course before flying home.

Learn more!
Contact a former participant who will gladly answer your questions.
Name Email Semester Abroad
Krisha Patel Fall 2015
Arrix Ryce Fall 2016
Alia Giolitti Fall 2016
UGalapagos Fall 2013 - Champin

Contact Us
Get answers to questions by contacting the Biology Department program Director, Dr. Kathleen Sealey or the Study Abroad Assistant Director, Grant Cutler, at